Big Littles

Next door’s wagyu N189 is spending some time with our little orphan calf, Rocky. 

N189 jumped the electric fence and swam the creek just to visit, a determined feat for a young flighty bull. 

He spent a few days wandering with the herd before we rounded him up and put him in the yard where Rocky, named for us by Bessie Tomlinson, is proud to play host and welcomes the company. 

N189 will return home as soon as Michael comes to pick him up. 

In the meantime, N189, worth $10,000, lives under my custody. 

“Don’t feed him or he will just come back,” says the old man. 

But what the hell. 

I throw him some hay because it would be mean not to, and make sure his water is always fresh and topped up. 

It’s a duty of care thing and I prefer to respect my animals. 

It was likewise with student nurses placed under my care. 

When working with them, I figured I had a duty of care to both their wellbeing and clinical development. 

They were worthy of being afforded a trust environment so that fear was replaced by learning and growth. 

To quote my then 16 year old son: “the most important Pokémon in my team is not the one with the most power or experience, it is the one with the most potential’

His simple refocusing was based on best future outcome by way of nurturing the potential of youthful vigour. 

As with Haz’s Pokémon, so with my student nurses and my animals.

The culture I create for them to exist within is important. 

The future depends on it. 



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